Thursday, February 20, 2014

OLE, Mystery Skype, & QR Codes

Update on our school outdoor learning environment!
This has been a vision of mine for 4 years!
It is literally, coming to life! The different areas are taking shape! It has exceeded all my expectations and I can't wait for the students to start using this space.  There are 4 major zones. Desert, mountain, tropical and grasslands. Each area has plants that are found in that particular region.

Yesterday, I introduced a kinder class to QR codes! Kindergarten Smorgasboard has a wonderful product in his TPT store that I purchased to use for modeling QR codes in kinder classrooms. This particular lesson had students scan the QR code, analyze the ten frame and write the number that was represented by the picture. The task cards had a dog theme so I brought in two of my daughter's stuffed doggies! As each group finished a task card, they moved the card to the other pile and had the puppy sit on it to "guard" the card! These kinders were very engaged in their task!

To highlight the Olympics, I created QR codes that had winter Olympics trivia. I posted them down our main hallway for all to enjoy! It's been fun watching different grade levels out there testing their Olympic trivia knowledge!

Today, was sooo fun! About a month ago, I helped one of our second grade teachers sign up for a Mystery Skype session . . .  a class in Florida. (If you aren't familiar with Mystery Skype . . . it's where 2 classes connect using Skype...the students don't know the location of either class and must ask yes/no questions to determine the location.)
Today was the big meet! Prior to the meeting, I Skyped in with the second graders and quizzed them on their geography skills. I was so impressed! Today, was amazing to watch these 2nd graders dig into the atlas to answer each geography question from the class in Florida.

Stephanie set up the Rules, Roles and Reflections prior to her class Skype meeting.
Her class had so much fun, they are ready to Skype with another class!
If you are interested in doing a mystery Skype with her class, leave me a comment with your name, grade and email! We will contact you and help get it set up!
If you are an upper grade (3-5) class and want to Mystery Skype, I have tons of teachers that would love to connect globally! :) Let's connect!
If you are a Spanish speaking class and would like to Skype, let me know! We are a Spanish Immersion/ Dual language school!

Last item . . . For Random Acts of Kindness Week, my daughter created these to hang around the school. She put 5 down each hallway, some in the teachers' lounge and a few down the main hallway. They were a huge hit. Most were gone by lunch time! (She also wanted me to share that the font used is one she created!)

Happy Thursday!


  1. We would love to do a Mystery Skype with a class. We are a fifth grade class in Michigan.

    1. Great! I've contacted one of our 5th grade teachers and will email you in the morning!

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